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BIO-VASCULAR FILES FOR FDA CLEARANCE TO MARKET PERI-GUARD PRODUCT FOR USE IN LUNG SURGERY

 ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Bio-Vascular, Inc. (NASDAQ: BVAS) announced today that it has filed a 510(k) application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seeking to market its Supple Peri-Guard(R) Pericardium tissue patch product for reinforcement of staple lines associated with the surgical resection of lung tissue.
 The use of the material reduces post-operative problems associated with air leakage through the staple lines, and is particularly advantageous for lung resection in the presence of emphysema.
 Supple Peri-Guard is an implantable product manufactured from bovine pericardial tissue. The company received FDA clearance in 1992 to market the product in the United States as a pericardial closure and as a soft tissue patch. The company said it is in the process of developing further innovative uses for the Peri-Guard material and expects to file additional 510(k) applications during this year.
 Bio-Vascular, Inc., based in St. Paul, is a manufacturer and marketer of proprietary consumable medical products for cardiac and vascular surgery.
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 /Contact: Curt Swenson of Swenson/Falker Associates Inc., 612-371-0000 for Bio-Vascular; or M. Karen Gilles of Bio-Vascular, Inc., 612-631-3529/
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